I’ve had a PC since the summer vacation before my freshman year in high school. Since then I’ve been in front of a computer every day of my life. I’ve never had any (serious) eye problems, and I currently have a 25/25 vision. But lately, I’ve been having severe headaches when I’m in front of the PC for extended periods of time, and my eyes become strained to the point of it being unbearable. I’ve heard and read about the awesome Gunnar glasses that protect your eyes when using a computer or playing video games (and they look really awesome), and I wanted one for quite some time now but it’s only available in the US and I don’t have any means to get my hands on one of them. So I just tried to find the best alternative.
It’s honestly difficult for me to find glasses that fit. When I tried shopping for sunglasses before our trek to Pinatubo, there were only 2 (out of hundreds) that fit me. When I returned for my first choice, it was already bought by someone else and the store was out of stock of that particular item, so I settled for my second choice (you can check out my pictures at my Pinatubo post).
I went to Optical Works in SM Pampanga and asked if they had lenses that offer eye protection for computer use (of course they did so this is a stupid question to begin with), they said yes and presented me with a couple of brands that offered what I wanted. What stood out was the Crizal Transition lenses by Essilor. These transition lenses are normally clear, but change to a grey/brown tint whenever it’s exposed to UV light (sun), so it doubles as sunglasses. It was pricey, but at least I have an alternative to my current sunglasses. The frame that I chose was 1 of only 2 that fit me (again). It was from Zola Eyewear, a Chinese brand (can’t find their website). The frame was similar to my sunglasses so I normally went for that one. I (sometimes) use my glasses when I’m in front of my PC, while working, and definitely while playing video games. I’ve had it for a week now and I haven’t had any eye strains whenever I’m wearing it in front of the PC, but it still takes some getting used to. I also wear it when I’m out and about because I think I look good wearing them (haha). However, I don’t think they’re as effective as Gunnars which are designed for that specific purpose.
The frame was worth P3,400 (I think) while the lenses cost me around P5,000, so that’s a grand total of P8,400 if my math is correct (heh). Quite expensive for a pair of glasses but it’s worth it. I take care of my belongings and this will last me for a couple of years or more, unless someone accidentally sits on them.